Warner Bros. has released the first The Legend of Tarzan trailer online. The film stars Alexander Skarsgard as the titular man of the jungle with Margot Robbie playing his beloved Jane. In this latest telling, Tarzan has becomes domesticated and lives in London, but is called back to his jungle home when he becomes a pawn in the game of the dastardly Captain Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz). But little does Rom know that he got more than he bargained for when he brought in the “Lord of the Apes”.
The trailer starts a little slow, but once you hear Tarzan’s unmistakably howl, it really takes off, and makes the movie look like a surprisingly good time. While I’m sure Warner Bros. wants to make sure that this movie avoids drawing comparisons to the studio’s other recent flop, Pan–another reimagining of a public domain character–it looks like Tarzan is content to be its own beast. While there’s certainly reason for skepticism, especially since the studio has been quiet on the film for so long, there’s enough in this trailer to give reason for optimism as well.
Check out the trailer below. The film opens July 1, 2016, and also stars Djimon Hounsou, Samuel L. Jackson, John Hurt, and Christoph Waltz.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Legend of Tarzan:
It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Robbie) at his side. Now, he has been invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian, Captain Leon Rom (Waltz). But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash.